Reader Submission! Thanks psnh!

Note: we don’t usually add captions or other text beside a quick thanks to submitters, but this picture came from the "Public Service of New Hampshire" which describes itself this way:

Incorporated in 1926, Public Service of New Hampshire is the state’s largest electric utility. These are photos from our archives.

The character on the right is apparently called "Reddy Kilowatt" and was apparently their mascot.

Knowing that made the picture even funnier to me, so I thought I’d share. Hit the ‘source’ link to see more.



“It could be up to a week before power is restored to all Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) customers that have lost power. As of 12:00 p.m. Sunday, about 230,000 PSNH customers are without power after a historic October snowstorm delivered gusty winds and heavy snowfall across New Hampshire.”


I enjoy freezing my ass off and not being able to take a shower and all, but this fucking sucks.

I guess I will be living at the library for the next week.


I’m trying really hard to stay positive right now, but I’ve been without power since Saturday night. The street mine is off of has a TON of downed wires that have yet to be touched by PSNH. They are saying power could be out for a week. This was fun when I was a kid, but not so much when I’m an adult with no source of heat.

Send good thoughts my way, Tumblr.

Thank god my work has power… Considering moving into my cubicle temporarily.

PSNH Women’s Committee (c. 1920s)

Founded in 1926 by the women of PSNH, the Women’s Committee—which continues to be a popular employee group—enjoys a rich history in charitable giving to local and national organizations. Its mission is to express goodwill to its members and the communities in which they live and work.

Be sure to check out the 1927 photo of a Women’s Committee “playlet” that we posted back in March.


Meet Us Half-Way (c. early–1920s)

These shots depict the workers who built the Ayers Island Hydro Station in Bristol, NH. Ayers Island went online in 1924, so these photos were probably taken around 1922 or so. It’s interesting to see “inside” the 80-foot dam at what looks like a cross-section.

Ayers Island is PSNH’s northernmost hydro station in the Merrimack River Basin, and also the highest dam on the river. You might know it as the home of PSNH’s popular Osprey Cam.

Here’s a similar shot of Eastman Falls in Franklin.

Nowadays (1925)

There’s so many things you can do with electricity! These ladies are at an early home show for the Manchester Traction, Light and Power Co.

Thank You!

Speaking of Manchester, we’re proud to say that the Manchester Historic Association honored PSNH with a Leadership & Advocacy Award at its 2013 Historic Preservation Awards dinner. We’re excited to be among so many wonderful honorees.

Magnetic Tape Drive (1982)

This employee is using a magnetic tape drive that appears to be an IBM 3420.

The 3420 used a 9 track tape, which apparently played a role in setting the standard size of a byte. From Wikipedia:

The IBM System/360, released in 1964, introduced what is now generally known as 9 track tape. As with the earlier IBM 7 track format it replaced, the magnetic tape is ½ inch (12.7 mm) wide, but has 8 data tracks and one parity track for a total of 9 parallel tracks. Data is stored as 8-bit characters, spanning the full width of the tape (including the parity bit) … The standard size of a byte was effectively set at 8 bits with the S/360 and 9 track tape.


To load a tape, an operator would remove the protective ring (frequently called a “tape seal belt” because its purpose was to prevent humidity and dust on the media) from the outside of the tape reel and install the tape on the supply hub, then thread the tape leader through the various roller assemblies and onto the take-up reel, installing three or four winds of tape to provide enough friction for the take-up motor to be able to pull the tape. The operator then initiated an automatic sequence, often by a single press of a button, that would start the vacuum system, then move the tape forward until the beginning-of-tape (BOT) foil strip was detected by an optical sensor in the tape path. The control electronics would then indicate to the controlling computer that the unit was ready for operation.